How important is click and collect? What changes will supermarkets have to make to survive? How will shoppers become even more savvy? And which retailers are the ones to watch? As part of our Expert Outlook 2015 series we speak to three retail experts about the future of shopping.
Jo Allison is the head of content at Canvas8. She has a background in fashion journalism and 15 years of experience working in B2B publishing. A member of the senior leadership team, Jo joined Canvas8 over eight years ago to develop the membership offer. Before heading up the Library, she was an editor at a retail trends consultancy, where she specialised in luxury shopper behaviours. A mum of two and based in Sheffield, away from work, Jo can be found walking in the peaks or hunting down new clothing brands.
From being accustomed to renting our homes, and that power drill you only need once, we now don’t mind renting a nail polish that someone else has already had their hands on, or not owning our washing machine. But why aren’t people so keen to own material possessions anymore?
Argos was ‘the Amazon of the 1980s’. But now, with the web giant launching a retail store and Argos ‘doing digital’, the catalogue shop could be the one to watch. But what changed? Has Argos finally solved its image problem? And has it really become a ‘cool brand’?
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With half of the UK population now passing through the doors of discount retailers and their sales showing double digit year-on-year growth, there’s certainly an appetite for discounted goods. But what’s behind this shift? And how is it affecting the UK’s retail landscape?
Despite 66% of US households using coupons in an attempt to save money on their groceries, only $3.5 billion of the $470 billion worth of coupons were redeemed in 2013. Could Groupon’s cash back coupon Snap prove to be a digital solution to coupon-cutting?
Push for a pizza, swipe for a cleaner and tap for a taxi. The rise of apps like Uber is facilitating the culture of ‘I want it, and I want it now’. For digital-savvy city-dwellers from London to Beijing, everything you need – from your dinner to a ride home – is just an app away.
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